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Review: Santa Fe Opera’s Glistening “Golden Cockerel” Starring Venera Gimadieva – July 28, 2017

Santa Fe Opera mounted Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic opera “The Golden Cockerel [Le Coq d’Or]” British Director Paul Curran partnered with Irish Set and Costume Designer Gary McCann and New York Projections Designer Driscoll Otto to create an eye-pleasing, humor-filled production, but one whose dark symbolism foretells the destruction of an autocratic monarchy. Venera Gimadieva’s Queen of […]

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Review: John Caird’s Magical “La Boheme” Production – San Francisco Opera, June 10, 2017

As the third offering of  its 2017 summer season, the San Francisco Opera mounted English director John Caird’s imaginative production of Puccini’s “La Boheme”. First performed in San Francisco in 2014, the production was revived with an attractive young cast, whose realization of Caird’s detailed staging, proved once again that opera singers can be good actors. [Below: Act II (French […]

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Review: A Legendary Performance of “Don Carlo” at the San Francisco Opera, June 12, 2016

Experienced San Francisco Opera subscribers know when they’ve seen a performance so superb that it will be long-remembered. Such a performance was the lavishly cast production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo”, in which every member of a stellar ensemble contributed to an opera that deserved to be called “grand”. Michael Fabiano’s Don Carlo The opera’s title role was assumed by tenor […]

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